Brenda Barwick white bkgdBrenda Jones Barwick, President, Jones PR, will receive World Experiences Foundation’s Global Citizen Award in Business at the 2017 Global Citizen Awards Gala on Saturday, September 9 at the Embassy Suites in Downtown Oklahoma City. 

Brenda Jones Barwick has a 35-year career practicing strategic communications at the highest levels in Washington, DC, at the U.S. State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development, an international relief organization and several Fortune 500 companies and national associations.

In 2001, she founded Jones PR that has grown to become a leading integrated communications and public affairs agency with global partners through PROI Worldwide. In 2015 and 2016, the agency was listed in Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the U.S., and in 2016, won national awards by PRWeek for Non-Profit Campaign of the Year and by Public Relations Society of America for videos, social media and advertorials.

Brenda served in The White House West Wing and U.S. State Department for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush. She was appointed to the Foreign Service and served at the American Embassy in Switzerland. From 1981-1985, she served at the U.S. Information Agency (now U.S. State Department’s Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs), where she worked closely with the Foreign Press Center, Voice of America and Educational and Cultural Exchange programs. President Bush appointed her to a Presidential Commission studying foreign aid that released its final report in 1992. Afterwards, she worked for the fifth largest international relief organization that rescued a Bosnian teen who lost both legs in a bombing and brought her to the U.S. for prosthetics, and provided medical teams and emergency supplies to natural and manmade disasters worldwide.

Brenda is Vice Chair of the Governor’s International Team, an economic development advisory and resource group. She has served as a Delegate to the Public Relations Society of America International Conference, received the National Headliner Award from the Association for Women in Communications, and has won nearly 100 national, regional and local awards.

She earned her B.A. in Journalism from The University of Oklahoma. She is married to James Barwick, Esq., who serves as the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commissioner for District 5, covering central Oklahoma.

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